Monthly Archives: March 2011

I don’t see this as an issue

Town spent $25,000 in overtime searching for 13-year-old who ran away. Plus, no doubt, state police helicopter charges and hundreds of hours of volunteers’ time. I don’t begrudge the money and I’ll bet the cops don’t either (and I’ve spent time as a volunteer searcher up in Maine, looking for lost hikers). It’s what we do for young kids in trouble.and whatever caused her woes,, this young child was in trouble. I hope she’s now getting help. Stupid grown -ups who should know better (Maine hunters come to mind)  probably ought to be charged for the trouble they cause, but that’s not how our society is run. Which is okay with me.

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Obummer lays an egg

Gave a speech last night that should make every American afraid. This is a man who is totally unprepared to run our country.

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Fled or dead?

The chief of Japan’s nuke plant hasn’t been seen or heard from in two weeks. Probably not a good sign.

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It doesn’t stop at the bridge

 Brooklyn real estate scams rampant, AG says.

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Hey, it’s evolution, babe

I’m 5’10″, white and can’t shoot a basketball. Life goes on, so go with it, don’t sue.

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Price cuts;too late

We have 17 price cuts today which is nice, but pretty much too late in  many instances – the buyers have moved on.  Steamboat Road, a property I was not involved with, has cut its price from $8.895 to $5.950; who’s still around? On a lesser scale, a seller who stood firm at a $25,ooo price difference with one of my clients finally came back, only to be told, “pfft”. Sellers had their chance to set their prices reasonably at the start of the selling season. Now the season is gone while their houses are not, and shaving 5% off the asking price is pathetic, rather than effective.

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No need to throw Momma from the train

Putnam Hill units are selling for $300,000. At that price, you can keep her around to entertain the grandchildren.

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Patriot Bank unloads 14 S. Baldwin

It might never have been worth its asked-for $9.795 million, but there was value there. The bank refused all reasonable offers and let it sit empty over the winter a year or so ago while pipes burst and flooded the place. It must have cost at least $5 million, the original mortgage, to rebuild it, and that’s what it sold for today. On someone’s books, this probably all makes sense, but it sure seems like a waste to me.

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Excuse me?

“Anarchists” riot over government spending cuts?

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Just go for home schooling, honey

Tough luck,kid

A Florida kid whose parents claim is deathly allergic to peanuts has an entire school tied up, with kids washing their hands, brushing their teeth and of course, eschewing peanut butter. Now the parents are revolting, and good for them. One child with hypersensitive parens can do this? Screw them.

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Squid

 (Had I thought about this in advance, I’d have taken some photographs of  this simple process. Next time)

At an advanced age, my mother recently confessed that she’d never tried squid or “Calamari” to those of you with an international culinary background. Heck, I’ve been chowing down on the stuff since the early 70′s, when I first became concerned about sustainable fishing – there are lots of squid out there, if we just don’t screw it up.

So I picked up a box of them, frozen, at the local grocery and thawed them out under running water  yesterday. These guys are cheap - I didn’t check the price, but maybe 5 bucks? I figured on maybe dumping a portion of them but fortunately brother Anthony and his partner Brian showed up for dinner, so we were able to consume the whole batch. Otherwise, I might have had to toss out $2 worth of squid (although they work as leftovers quite nicely)..

Here’s what you do: clean ‘em: easy to do – chop off the head/tentacles – you’ll be cooking them, so just push them off to one side of the cutting board, then either slice the body open and scrape out the cartilage and whatever else is in there (not much) and slice the body into 1/4″ strips or, alternatively, cut the body into 1/2″ rings and use a finger to poke the innards out. I used both approaches to produce a mix of strips and rings. (You can buy squid pre-cleaned from a fish monger but the process is so simple and quick I wouldn’t waste the money).

Bread them. I used a 50/50 mixture of flour and Japanese panko bread crumbs because that’s what I had around, but cornmeal/flour would work just as well, as would flour alone. Add some herbs to the mix: thyme, marjoram, whatever you might have. I added salt, pepper and smoked paprika, myself.   I mixed an egg with some milk as a dunk, then dredged them in the bread/flour mix.

Fry them. No need to deep fry and waste all that oil. Maybe a half-inch of regular vegetable oil. I sliced up a lemon and fried it first, then added the squid in batches.  The key here is DO NOT OVER COOK! Mere minutes – over cook and you get rubber tires. Done right, you’ll be rewarded with crisp but delectable fish. Far better to err on undercooking (they’ll continue to cook while draining on a paper towel)  than to vulcanize them.

Serve them. I accompanied these critters with a spinach salad with a vinaigrette and some terrific rice balls I’d purchased earlier that day from the Japanese fund-raiser at the Sound Beach Fire House. Fresh parsley and lemon slices added to both the appearance and taste.

Enjoy them. Everyone went back for seconds. Prep time was maybe 10 minutes, cooking time, about the same, even accounting for cooking in three batches. Not bad.

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Gates: Libya was, is, no threat to US

So why are we there?

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This is interesting, if true

Word is circulating that we’ve pulled an aircraft carrier away from Libya and repositioned it alongside another carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, off of Iran.  Sounds like Bahrain is getting hot.

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Where’s your sense of pride, man?

Pool reporter for Biden fund raiser event confined to closet. Seriously young man, this was the time to walk out, get to the sidewalk and report on what happened. Get some balls.

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Clown rapist captured a decade later

DNA surfaces, and another bad man goes down. This is of interest to me because the police speculate that the pervert was doing this for years, just like Maine Guide Ken Walker did to small boys up in Maine. I’d still like to see Walker brought up on charges – there’s no statute of limitations on what he did – but the one victim I know doesn’t want to bring charges. I understand that, but when I think of the number of children he molested from the early 1960′s to, who knows, today? – I’d like to see him spend the rest of his life in jail.

My earlier exposure of Walker, by the way, has  produced some interesting results. One, he has not contacted me or had lawyers threaten to sue, although I encouraged the latter. Two, he has pulled down all references to himself from the web and, three, after I notified the Maine Guide Association of my allegations, he seems to have been dropped from its roster. Still, he’s still out there, 76-years-old, ready to prey on children. I do hope that  I’ve disturbed his old age, but maybe a threat to visit him with my 30.30 would stir him up even more. These are not good people, and they should not be allowed to go gentle into the good night. Which is not to say that it’s my job to prevent that, but I do hope that they are intercepted by the authorities before senility and old age moves them beyond prosecution.

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First rule of policing: don’t get embarrassed

2,500 rubber duckies stolen from police

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A story to make your blood boil

Who’s in prison? Not a single Country Wide executive, but one of their borrowers. The fix has been in on this deal since the 1980s.

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Westport, help this girl

A beautiful 8th grade girl from Westport has posted a plea for relief from bullying on YouTube. As a 57-year-old single male I can’t go rushing to this child’s rescue without being arrested but I’d like to. Someone close to her must reach out, soon.

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Who needs them when we have propeller – beanie manufacturers?

Caterpillar threatens to leave Illinois in face of tax hikes. Connecticut can’t reach out this employer of 21,000 jobs, obviously, but low-tax states like Texas are certainly pushing their merits.

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Notable contracts

68 Winthrop Dr, Rvsd

This property came on with an extra lot, which a neighbor bought to protect his own land. The house itself was then listed at $1.9, which I had my doubts about, but it’s been kept in immaculate shape by its owner since the 1950s and can easily be updated. great street, decent house, good buy.

3 Glen Avon

Here was a steal. I tried short selling it at $1.450 a couple of years ago but the banks were too screwed up to move on it. But the owners were able to recover and placed it back up for sale at $1.495, far below what it  once asked. Under contract to a fortunate buyer. There’s nothing like it on this street.

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